NBC has dumped the Microsoft Silverlight video streaming technology it used to webstream its Olympics coverage, moving to adopt the more ubiquitous Adobe Flash.
It seems sports fans trying to access the Olympics coverage were annoyed at the choice of Silverlight. “While 40 million US visitors to NBCOlympics.com didn’t have Silverlight installed, Adobe Flash is already installed on some 98 per cent of Internet-connected computers,” says Valleywag.
There were some teething problems to the switch to Flash, which NBC put in motion during last week’s NFL kick-off. Stuttering and frozen connections afflicted the service.
The Adobe format saw some positive use during the Olympics. The BBC revealed that is served nearly 40 million video streams over the web – that compares to 2.5 million for the Athens Olympics four years ago.